Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

June 2017


  • Musician-storyteller Tim Van Egmond will join June 3 Song & Story Swap
  • Beatles fundraiser yields results

Tim Van Egmond will be June 3 Song & Story Swap guest

Please come share in an evening of music and stories at the Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Song & Story Swap.

Saturday, June 3, 7:00 p.m. at the The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, Mass (see map).

Guest performer will be the musician and storyteller, Tim Van Egmond.

Tim Van Egmond will join June 3 Song & Story Swap in AmherstRaised in a musical family, a lover of books from an early age, enraptured by daily sing-alongs at day camp, enchanted by a storyteller who performed at his grade school, Tim Van Egmond had a lot leading him to his chosen profession as a folksinger and storyteller from an early age. Van Egmond has performed for over 30 years throughout the country, weaving together tales, tunes and songs to share their wellspring of rib-tickling, spine-tingling, heartwarming richness.

Tim has been chosen for the New England States Touring Program, and has been a featured performer at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Three Apples Storytelling Festival and the annual Winter Solstice Benefit Celebration in Western Massachusetts, among many notable venues. He's also a member of the contra dance band Swallowtail, and the folk music duo Yankee Notions.

Renowned author and storyteller Jane Yolen has said "Tim is a triple treat. He can sing, he can play a variety of wonderful instruments, and he can tell whopping good tales!"

Learn more about Tim Van Egmond at

The theme this month is Fish Stories. The opening round theme is Fish Stories

The Song & Story Swap is held on the first Saturday of each month, excepting July and August, and is jointly sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Folklore Society and the Nacul Center (  Visit the Folklore Society website at

The Song & Story Swap is open to the public, free of charge with donations accepted ($5 - $10 is suggested).  People of all ages gather to share stories and songs that are traditional, newly written, or of personal experiences. You can tell, sing, or lead everyone in singing, or request a song or story.  Listeners are welcome.

For information contact Paul Kaplan, (413)-687-5002 or visit

Last month's Beatles fundraiser is successful

Our Acoustic Beatles night was a huge success, both artistically and financially. With the night's proceeds, plus generous donations from Sheryl Stanton and Roger Conant, we have made our fundraising goal (with $4 extra!), so the Song & Story Swap is set for next season. Thank you to all who took part!

If you would like to make a donation to start our fund for 2018-19 please contact Paul Kaplan at 413-687-5002.

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